Monday, September 29, 2014

Fun with Burlap for Freshly Made Sketches

Whew!  I just finished cutting 120 projects for my second Christmas Stamper's Dozen.  And after a week away in the Fort, it was all done within two days!  I don't mind saying that I'm beat!  So this will be a shorter than usual post.  I hope you don't mind.  I wanted another Fun with Burlap design for my Technique Nights later this week and so I used the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge for this week as well as the Colour Throwdown swatch for inspiration.

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge 155 is a fairly clean looking design.  I hope I didn't add too much, but I really like the card I came up with.
And here is the interesting colour palette from Colour Throwdown Challenge #311 this week:

I don't know if I would have ever come up with this combo on my own, but I like the combinations on my card.  I used Crumb Cake (and Burlap Ribbon), Old Olive, Pool Party, Smoky Slate and Basic Gray.

  • Would you believe that this is the first time I can recall using my Chevron Border Punch as a border punch?  I wanted to add the burlap ribbon behind it for an interesting background trick.  I like the way it softens the rustic look of the burlap.
  • I used the Scallop Tag Topper Punch for the Crumb Cake tag.  On it, I stamped the image from Chalk Talk Stamp set in Basic Gray.  I then used Old Olive ink to stamp the sentiment from Chalk Talk on Smoky Slate and punched it out with the Extra Large Oval punch.  Both the sentiment and the tag are mounted using Stampin' Dimensionals for some 3D variety.
  • I added a Tea Lace Paper Doily underneath for a softer, more eclectic look, and the punched out chevrons for an accent, because I'm thrifty like that. (Waste not, want not, as my mother used to say!)  The button is Island Indigo, but it goes so well with the design as a darker shade of the aqua.
  • I was trying to create burlap flowers with the burlap ribbon, but it is so thick and stiff that it is too hard to manipulate and die cut, so I'll stick with backgrounds and die cuts for now until I get some thinner burlap material.
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  1. Just another awesome creation from you Heather! I love how you put the burlap behind the chevron border punch cut!

  2. LOVE this cool and textural card! The burlap showing through the chevrons is awesome! Thanks so much for playing along with us at the Color Throwdown!

  3. Cutting 120 project - ouch! I'm glad you were able to relax with this card - it's wonderful! The combo of burlap and doily is great together. Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  4. This looks fantastic with the burlap behind the chevron punch! Great card! Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.


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